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Immigration Cooperation to Improve Regional Security

28 June 2006

Australia today announced new and strengthened counter-terrorism and identity fraud measures for Thailand during a visit by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Amanda Vanstone.

Senator Vanstone also announced, during her tour of the Suvarnabhumi Airport, increased levels of training cooperation to assist Thai document examiners.

“Immigration cooperation between Australia and Thailand is important for Australia’s border security and important for the Thai economy,” said the Minister, on the second day of her visit.

Australia was committed to improving regional security through better management of people movement.

Australia is assisting Thailand in a very practical way by providing support for the newly established Immigration Training College in Bangkok, where methods to tackle the growing sophistication in identity fraud are a high priority.

Staff at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports will be equipped with document examination equipment and training.

“Australia and Thailand are also working together on a pilot to strengthen identity and border pass management at key land border checkpoints,” Senator Vanstone said.

“Better management of borders will help the vulnerable by curbing the trafficking of women and children.”

Australia will also supply English language training for Thai Immigration Bureau officers.

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